100 Mountains in 2016

My friends inspire me. Their goals and acheivements stretch my perception of what is possible. Accomplishments that I would not have thought possible are checked off lists.

It’s inspired me to stretch myself. So among a few other goals for 2016, I’m striving to summit 100 different peaks this year. They can be mountains I’ve climbed in prior years, but I’ll only be counting each mountain once in 2016 – and yes, only officially ranked peaks with 300’ of prominence. I’ll track them using the list below and update this post throughout the year.

  1. Jan 2 - Chief Mountain (11,709 ft)
  2. Jan 6 - Mt. Falcon (7,851 ft)
  3. Jan 7 - Mt. Morrison (7,881 ft)
  4. Jan 16 - Green Mountain (8,144 ft)
  5. Jan 23 - Mt. Evans (14,264 ft)
  6. Jan 25 - Green Mountain (6,855 ft)
  7. Jan 26 - Squaw Mountain (11,486 ft)
  8. Jan 27 - Warrior Mountain (11,273 ft)
  9. Jan 28 - Evergreen Mountain (8,536 ft)
  10. Jan 28 - Elephant Butte (8,405 ft)
  11. Feb 7 - Snyder Mountain (9,876 ft)
  12. Feb 13 - Rogers Peak (13,391 ft)
  13. Feb 13 - Mount Warren (13,307 ft)
  14. Feb 17 - 7814 (7,814 ft)
  15. Feb 21 - Grays Peak (14,270 ft)
  16. Feb 21 - Torreys Peak (14,267 ft)
  17. Feb 25 - 8100 (8,100 ft)
  18. Feb 28 - Mt. Judge (10,301 ft)
  19. Mar 5 - South Boulder Peak (8,549 ft)
  20. Mar 5 - Sugarloaf Mountain (8,917 ft)
  21. Mar 10 - Berrian Mountain (9,147 ft)
  22. Apr 8 - Legault Mountain (9,074 ft)
  23. Apr 9 - Santa Fe Mountain (10,537 ft)
  24. Apr 14 - 9500 (9,500 ft)
  25. Apr 14 - 9447 (9,447 ft)
  26. Apr 14 - Lions Head (9,463 ft)
  27. Apr 25 - Mt. Pisgah (10,081 ft)
  28. Apr 26 - Saddleback Mountain (9,568 ft)
  29. Apr 27 - 7698 (7,698 ft)
  30. Apr 30 - Genesee Mountain (8,284 ft)
  31. May 5 - Black Mountain (10,756 ft)
  32. May 12 - 9102 (9,102 ft)
  33. May 14 - 8565 (8,565 ft)
  34. May 23 - Mt. Sniktau (13,234 ft)
  35. May 25 - Quandary Peak (14,265 ft)
  36. June 8 - Black Mountain (2,820 ft)
  37. June 25 - La Plata Peak (14,336 ft)
  38. June 27 - “Cupid” (13,117 ft)
  39. June 27 - Grizzly Peak (13,427 ft)
  40. June 28 - Stanley Mountain (12,521 ft)
  41. June 29 - Mt. Bierstadt (14,060 ft)
  42. June 30 - Colorado Mines Peak (12,493 ft)
  43. June 30 - Mt. Flora (13,146 ft)
  44. July 4 - 8773 (8,773 ft)
  45. July 7 - Mt. Parnassus (13,574 ft)
  46. July 8 - Square Top Mountain (13,794 ft)
  47. July 17 - Mt. Shavano (14,229 ft)
  48. July 17 - Tabeguache Peak (14,155 ft)
  49. July 17 - Mt. Antero (14,269 ft)
  50. July 23 - Mt. Princeton (14,197 ft)
  51. July 24 - Mt. Yale (14,196 ft)
  52. July 26 - Gray Wolf Mountain (13,602 ft)
  53. July 27 - Kelso Mountain (13,164 ft)
  54. July 30 - Mt. Belford (14,197 ft)
  55. July 30 - Missouri Mountain (14,067 ft)
  56. July 30 - Huron Peak (14,003 ft)
  57. Aug 6 - Mt. Columbia (14,073 ft)
  58. Aug 6 - Mt. Harvard (14,420 ft)
  59. Aug 6 - Mt. Oxford (14,153 ft)
  60. Aug 10 - Woods Mountain (12,940 ft)
  61. Aug 13 - Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft)
  62. Aug 13 - Mt. Massive (14,421 ft)
  63. Aug 16 - Bard Peak (13,641 ft)
  64. Aug 18 - Mt. Democrat (14,148 ft)
  65. Aug 18 - Mt. Lincoln (14,286 ft)
  66. Aug 18 - Mt. Bross (14,172 ft)
  67. Sept 10 - Argentine Peak (13,738 ft)
  68. Sept 10 - Mt. Wilcox (13,408 ft)
  69. Sept 14 - Mt. Bethel (12,705 ft)
  70. Sept 15 - “Hassell Peak” (13,215 ft)

You can also follow me on Strava to see route details for each peak.

Kroger's Canteen

Still dreaming of Hardrock. Maybe the lottery will gods will shine upon me this year.

Mt. Sniktau

A short hike from Loveland Pass can take you to the summit of Mt. Sniktau (el 13,234ft). Breathtaking views and overly friendly marmots greet you along the way.

The starting point at Loveland Pass The starting point at Loveland Pass

Watch out for long range weaponry! Watch out for long range weaponry!

Endless trails Endless trails

Making I70 look good! Making I70 look good!

Torreys Peak (el 14,267 ft) Torreys Peak (el 14,267 ft)

You can see a long way from up here You can see a long way from up here

Chief Mountain

Standing at the summit of Chief Mountain A short two mile trail and 1,000ft of vertical takes you to the top of Chief Mountain el 11,709ft. It’s a great little summit with views from Pikes Peak all the way to Longs Peak.

trail sign Mark on the trail the summit of Chief Mountain

Abyss Trail (lower half) - Mt. Evans Wilderness

Abyss Trail The lower half of the Abyss Trail is a wonderful gentle climb mostly along the Scott Gomer Creek. Like many trails the higher you go the better it gets and after a couple stream crossings opens up into beautiful meadows with gorgeous views. The first stream crossing has a couple well cut and placed logs. The second crossing had no bridge at all which meant a thigh deep crossing in painfully cold icy water. And the third crossing was a fairly precarious log bridge, but after the previous icy dip, I was thankful there was anything there at all.

Between tapering and time constraints, I only got about 5 miles up where the Abyss trail crosses the Rosalie trail. Nonetheless this section is lovely and well worth the short trip up Guanella Pass.

Lovely little log bridge at the first stream crossing Lovely little log bridge at the first stream crossing

As usual, the singletrack gets better as you get further from the trail head As usual, the singletrack gets better as you get further from the trail head

Icy crossing this time of year with no bridge Icy crossing this time of year with no bridge

Mt Bierstadt from the south Mt Bierstadt from the south

A sketchy bridge is better than no bridge at all A sketchy bridge is better than no bridge at all

Intersection with the Rosalie trail Intersection with the Rosalie trail

big mountain meadows